Nancy Van Tine

Nancy Van Tine

Burns & Levinson LLP

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It’s Back to School Time Again!

Hi there, Despite the oppressive heat, it’s almost back to school time again. By this point in the summer most parents are pretty ready for school to begin. One of the best ways to make the school year smoother for your...more

8/17/2016 - Co-Parenting Parenting Plans Students

Spouse’s Trust Interest Shielded from Division in Divorce

Hi there, I continue to be amazed by the distinguished group of divorce and probate lawyers I have the privilege to work with at Burns & Levinson. Today’s decision on Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, a case which will...more

8/5/2016 - Divorce Estate Planning Irrevocable Trusts Marital Assets

Definition of Cohabitation Set in Recent Alimony Reform Act Interpretation

The latest in a series of cases interpreting and clarifying the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 has just been decided. Duff-Kareores vs. Kareores was decided by the Supreme Judicial Court on June 15, 2016....more

6/24/2016 - Alimony Cohabitation Agreements Divorce

It’s STILL Not Too Late to Act!

Hi there, I usually take no position on pending legislation but the proposed changes to the alimony law will adversely affect thousands of pre-existing divorce agreements. If you can, please take the time to read this...more

6/2/2016 - Alimony Amended Regulation Divorce Pending Legislation

Lemonade Can Be Bitter

Hi there, On a gorgeous day like today, you just want to sit outside and sip on a tall glass of lemonade. Recently though, the taste of lemonade has been made a little sharp by the fabulous Beyoncé. Infidelity became a...more

5/13/2016 - Adultery Marriage

Use Your Pretrial Conference to Help Avoid Going to Trial

Hi there, There are many stops on the road before a divorce trial takes place. If you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse still have disputes after your four way meeting, your next shot at settling the case is through a...more

5/2/2016 - Divorce

It’s Not Too Late to Act!

There has been a new development in the recent challenge to the Alimony Reform Act. As a backdrop, the landmark Alimony Reform Act (M.G.L. c. 208, sections 48-55), which went into effect on March 1, 2012, changed alimony...more

4/18/2016 - Alimony Divorce Proposed Legislation

Prepare Ahead to Handle a Narcissist

Hi there, I love it when the holidays are over and the days start getting visibly longer. Among other things, there is an influx of new clients with new cases and new problems to solve....more

2/11/2016 - Divorce

How Coparents Should Handle the Holidays

Hi there, It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it all of the holidays of the season! This time of year is particularly tough for folks who are just getting used to a coparenting...more

11/25/2015 - Child Custody Co-Parenting Holidays

Change Your Will When Your Divorce Is Final

Hi there, All the more reason that you need to follow up with a qualified financial and estate planner after a divorce! Best,Nancy...more

10/26/2015 - Divorce Estate Planning Financial Planning

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Hi there, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nearly one in four women and one in seven men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Female to male and...more

10/16/2015 - Animal Cruelty Domestic Violence

In Divorce Law, as in Life, Privileges Count

Hi there, Privileges in litigation are important tools they generally mean information can be withheld from the other side and the court because the privilege exists....more

9/30/2015 - Common-Interest Privilege Litigation Privilege

Divorce Is Hard

Hi there, As the summer winds down and kids start back to school, a lot of folks decide to take their first real step in the divorce process. I routinely see a lot of people in August who haven’t decided what to do and...more

8/28/2015 - Divorce

Ashley Madison: Karma Strikes

Our barn cat, Ashley, is shocked and appalled. Hi there, Well, cheaters beware! Last week I posted on the Ashley Madison hack. The hackers were largely silent for about a month after they went into Ashley Madison’s database...more

8/19/2015 - Ashley Madison Data Breach Hackers Personally Identifiable Information

Ashley Madison: Adultery in the Age of Technology

Hi there, I decided this would be an apt post in the middle of CiCi’s miniseries on the The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce. There’s a huge scandal right now revolving around precisely what you shouldn’t do BEFORE...more

8/17/2015 - Data Breach Divorce Websites

Divorce Across State Lines

Hi there, Lots of us live on or close to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island state border. We don’t even think about it as we cross back and forth. But when you’re involved in a divorce and one of you moves to the other...more

7/31/2015 - Child Custody

Appeals: Not All Courts Are Created Equal

Hi there, I hope you are all staying cool. It’s brutal out there today! The court system is hierarchical. Each court has authority to render judgments and decisions but until you hit the Supreme Judicial Court,...more

7/22/2015 - Appeals Family Courts

What Is a Deposition?

Hi there, A deposition is a tool that lawyers use to get information from witnesses or from the other side. It’s one of the most effective tools the lawyers have, both to find out what has really gone on and to discover...more

7/17/2015 - Depositions

Summer Coparenting Help

Hi there, I hope you all had as good a Fourth of July weekend as I did! My weekend was filled with family, horses and some extreme gardening. Just coordinating the activities of an intact three-generation family is...more

7/7/2015 - Co-Parenting

Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage!

Hi there, There have been rumors for months that the SJC was going to make a final decision about how America will handle gay marriage. As of today, I’m thrilled to report that gay marriage is now the law of the...more

6/29/2015 - Fourteenth Amendment Marriage Marriage Equality Obergefell v. Hodges Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

Parental Right to Spank Upheld

Hi there, As a parent and grandparent I have long felt it was a necessary right of parents to swat their kids on the behind occasionally. Swift justice often makes the most impact....more

6/26/2015 - Discipline Parental Rights

Caitlyn Jenner Opens the Discussion on Transgender Issues

Hi there, It’s a rainy Monday, and Caitlyn Jenner is all over the place. (As an aside I have to confess to owning two goats named Kim and Khloe, after the Kardashian girls.) While she was a very good looking man, she...more

6/3/2015 - Caitlyn Jenner Child Custody Divorce Transgender

Paltrow Isn’t Divorcing, She’s “Conscious Uncoupling”

Hi there, My clever coworker, Abigail Munafo, pointed out to me today that I have a category entitled “Celebrity Trash,” and I haven’t posted to it in a while. So, it was extremely timely to read that Gwyneth Paltrow...more

4/23/2015 - Celebrities Divorce Parenting Plans

Divorce Papers Served Via Facebook

Hi there, The internet is abuzz with news that a woman successfully served her soon-to-be-ex husband divorce papers via Facebook. “Service of process,” also known as “serving divorce papers,” is one of those...more

4/9/2015 - Divorce Facebook Service of Process Social Media

Start your new life!

A friend recently sent me a quote. I love it because it’s so hopeful. February and March are historically a very busy time for new divorce filings. In general, divorce attorneys see a lot of new clients in the first quarter...more

3/30/2015 - Divorce

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